On this day 70 years ago Columbia Records launched 33⅓ vinyl

On this day, June 21st, in 1948, Columbia Records launched their new vinyl disc which played at thirty-three and a third RPM – changing records forever.

Columbia Records launched a vinyl revolution that is still thriving to this day 70 years ago to the day. Their 12-inch, 33-⅓ LPs launched in New York on June 21st in 1948 and revolutionised music with their ability to fit up to 20 minutes on each side and shrink vinyl grooves down to a millimetre in size.

Other record companies had attempted to extend the capabilities of the standard 78-RPM vinyl records at the time but suffered a variety of failures. RCA Victor even launched the first commercially available vinyl long-player in 1931 that was capable of playing at 33-⅓ records but it’s capabilities’ utility was delayed thanks to the Great Depression.

American Records Corporation president Edward Wallerstein reminisced: “When I became general manager of the Victor Division of RCA on July 1, 1933, my first act was to take them off the market. Most of the records were made from Victorlac, a vinyl compound [and] the pickups available at that time were so heavy they just cut through the material after several plays. The complaints from customers all over the US were so terrific that we were forced to withdraw the LPs.”

Columbia released 33-⅓ 10-inchers, but quickly phased them out in 1932, thanks to similarly maddening technical difficulties. The commercial public would not be able to consume and listen to sturdier, lengthier LPs for another 15 years.

Today is a great day to celebrate the revolutionary disc by busting out your player and cracking your favourite 33-⅓ records on. Streaming may be the music format of the future but Vinyl is alive and well thanks to Columbia Records 70 years on.

Dirty Palm gets selected for massive dance playlist on Spotify through RouteNote

We’re thrilled to see another artist make it on to Spotify’s giant playlists after uploading their music to them through us.

Spotify’s playlists can have millions of followers who come each week to hear the latest and greatest tunes being released. Many of the artists who upload their music to the top stores and streaming services through us have found their way to some of their biggest playlists. Producer Borrtex spoke to us about how after uploading to us and getting added to a playlist with 2+ million followers took him from thousands of plays a month to hundreds-of-thousands in days.

The latest artist to get picked for one of Spotify’s massive playlists was Dirty Palm with his brand new dance banger So Sick which is sure to be a favourite in the clubs this summer. So it makes sense that Spotify loved it and added it to their massive Club Beats with over 350,000 followers tuning in for the best new anthems coming out every week.

Check out the wicked new single from Dirty Palm below and while you’re at it, why not see what else Spotify’s choon-filled Club Beats playlist has to offer.

The worlds 5 biggest music services – and how to get your music on them and get paid

We now live in an age where all of the music in the world is available anywhere from a small metal box in your pocket – it’s a new world for independent artists.

The music industry is a new beast having totally transformed in the past 20 years. Suddenly you can access any track or album within seconds, suddenly artists can put themselves in front of millions of people without dealing with any labels or businesses. We’re going to look at the most popular places on the web that music lovers go and how independent artists can get themselves there as well.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud home page mobile app discovery music streaming

SoundCloud has been giving small and amateur artists a platform for over 10 years. Unlike other streaming services SoundCloud is completely powered by it’s community. Anyone can upload their music to their own profile on SoundCloud and then any one of their 175+ million monthly listeners (as of 2014) can listen anywhere in the world.

Their love for independence has bred a massive community of loyal artists who use SoundCloud all the time. Many artists have found their success and built their careers from fans on SoundCloud and many major artists use the platform for offcuts, leaks and with their recently launched subscription service even full major studio albums.

As an artist on SoundCloud you can get paid for each listen on your music with our SoundCloud Network. It’s entirely free to sign up and you get access to more fun features like unlimited uploads and real-time stats. Find out how to sign up here: www.routenote.com/content/soundcloud-information

Spotify

Spotify India launch mobile smartphone streaming music

Spotify are probably the biggest name in the music world now. They cornered on-demand music streaming and make it accessible for people around the globe. A simple layout and attractive features like personalised playlists and fun music-based activities have kept people coming to the world’s favourite source of online music.

Drawing people in with their free, ad-supported music streaming Spotify have managed to attract over 150 million users in the 10 years they’ve existed. Whilst competition in the music streaming market is certainly heating up Spotify look unlikely to lose their spot at the top any time soon, with almost half of their users paid subscribers.

We can send your music to Spotify and a whole load of other great music services, entirely for FREE. Get your music in front of the world on the top services by signing up with a free account at www.routenote.com and uploading unlimited music.

YouTube

youtube's global expansion

YouTube has over 1/8 of the world’s population coming to watch videos on it every month. With a massive slew of music content including music videos, albums, tracks, interviews, live concerts, behind the scenes and way more YouTube is a favourite for music fans with content that no other services have.

Because they don’t quite work like other online music services YouTube got some flack for their payouts to artists and rights-holders. YouTube have been making moves to fix this in the past year and it recently culminated in their all new music service YouTube Music which gives the option to pay for ad-free listening.

We offer a YouTube Network which you can join to get paid more for your views. You also get awesome benefits like full access to our catalogue of music for use in your videos and you keep control over your channel at all times. Find out more or sign up free here: www.routenotestudios.com

iTunes

Before streaming services got picked up by almost everyone as the way to listen to music digital downloads were the format of the future for music. iTunes quickly took the crown and led online music stores through the new land of digitised music ownership. It made music instantly accessible and you could store your entire library just inside of your computer.

Streaming has taken over the popularity that downloads once had but they are still go-to for many music fans, especially those who value ownership of their music. Apple launched their own streaming service Apple Music a few years ago to offer audiophiles the best of both worlds. When it comes to buying music outright iTunes is a favourite as physical formats continue to decline.

Just like with Spotify we can send your music to iTunes and Apple Music for the world to see, buy and stream. Again it’s totally free and as simple as giving us your music and how you want it to look. Sign up free: www.routenote.com

Pandora

Pandora music streaming radio subscription on demand

Pandora does music streaming in a unique way compared to on-demand services like Spotify. Pandora is like a hybrid of radio and on-demand streaming, offering up curated mixes of artists and tracks based on your first selection. Pick an artist you like and listen to a radio stream made up of them and similar music.

Whilst Pandora have since branched out into paid, on-demand music streaming as well it’s the free radio mixes that made it so popular with over 75 million users. It’s a great place to discover music having been introducing listeners to new artists and tracks since 2000.

The same as with Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music you can distribute your music to Pandora for free. Let listeners find your music on Pandora or get discovered in a mix of similar artists’ radio stations. Beyond the services mentioned above we also work with many of the other top music services in the world including Deezer, Amazon, TIDAL, Google Play, and many more. Sign up for free at www.routenote.com

UK minister says don’t buy tickets from ViaGogo, “they are the worst”

If you don’t know by now that online ticket re-sellers are dodgy – ticket re-sellers are dodgy. Now UK Officials are warning against them after they break advertising rules.

One of the biggest digital ticket sellers ViaGogo has been breaking advertising rules and earned the disapproval of a top UK official. UK Digital Minister Margot James has spoken out against them on BBC Radio 5 live, saying: “Don’t choose ViaGogo – they are the worst.”

ViaGogo was found to be in breach of National Trading Standards in the UK and the Advertising Standards Authority have been in contact. The ticket re-sellers were found to be breaching the rules of clearly stating additional fees. The ASA took action in March against ViaGogo and 3 other ticket sellers after which ViaGogo said they agreed to make compulsory fees clear by the 26th of May. They’ve now found that they haven’t.

The ASA say: “ViaGogo continues to mislead consumers by not being upfront and clear about additional booking fees and delivery charges that are added at the end of the booking process.” The ASA then sent the case over to the National Trading Standards who will take enforcement action on the issue. A spokesperson said: “We have now launched an investigation into ViaGogo, which will look at all legal options to bring them into compliance with the law.” Penalties for breaching the ASA can include fines and in extreme circumstances lead to closures.

The Advertising Standards Agency requires all of the major secondary ticketing sites to be upfront and clear with any additional fees that may occur in the transaction. Many ticket-buyers have been caught out in recent years by extra charges on top of their tickets, such as ‘administration fees’, which can amount to over 4 times the price of the tickets themselves.

One unlucky mother bought the last 4 tickets for an Ed Sheeran show for her daughter and friends on ViaGogo. The site said the total would amount to £263 which she happily paid for only to find out after the transaction that extra fees incurred brought the cost up to a ridiculous £1,421.

What DAWs do the world’s top DJs and producers use?

All music software is slightly different and every producer has their favourite that works for them when they’re mixing up a plate of fresh sounds – these are the favourites for the world’s top producers.

Whilst each producer is unique and works in a different way there’s only so many tools out there to bring your ideas to life. We think it’s best to explore and try as many as you can to find the one that works for you, when you know you know, but you can take inspiration from what your favourite artists are using.

The worlds biggest producers and DJs are still working on the same select few programs that most of the world are using. Although many of them will use multiple programs, here are there main ones that they come to for inspiration and creating banging new beats.

Here’s a list of what the biggest producer’s in the world right now are using to create their hits:

Flume

Flume producer DJ music software DAW production program

When it comes to creating wonky electronic beats Flume is the man at the helm of weird and wonderful EDM with a pop-appeal. Flume has always touted Ableton as his top choice of DAW, saying: “For me I like to work really quickly. Ableton Live, yeah, I’ve been using it for quite some time now.”

Beyond Ableton Flume users Native Instruments Komplete and Kontakt instrument plugins as well as their Guitar Rig software. Flume says: “I like NI Guitar Rig as an effect on things like vocals… I do that quite regularly. It’s great running things through the amps, and even if I’m not using much distortion you can get some really cool, different sounds.”

Disclosure

Disclosure production producers EDM mixing software production music DAW program

Electronic duo Disclosure have been influencing EDM music since their debut album Settle sent shockwaves to parties around the globe. The English brothers use Apple Logic Pro X as their main program for creating music but say about playing gigs: “For live we use Ableton on one laptop to run stuff we can’t play, but we try to play as much as we can.”

When it comes to gear the boys love Akai Professional using a range of their launch pads, keyboards, and controllers. They say: “We run everything through Ableton and control it with the APC stuff Akai makes which is great. We also use bass guitar, a couple of drum machines, MPC for vocal samples, a synth and percussion at [the] moment.”

Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix producer production music EDM mixing creation DAWS software

When it comes to Dutch producer extraordinaire Martin Garrix he prefers Image Line’s FL Studio as a canvas for his creations. Garrix has said that he uses multiple versions of FL Studio because he hasn’t put all of his synths and samples into one version – producer problems.

Garrix says that he also uses “a bit of [Apple] Logic sometimes”. In a tweet Garrix listed some of the Plugins he’s bought now he can afford official music software including: Nexus, Sylenth1, Massive and Gross Beat.

Find out what software your favourite producers and DJs are using as well as in-depth looks at their gear and equipment on EquipBoard: equipboard.com

Spotify give their tips for artists getting heard in a new video series

Spotify have released a new video series guiding artists on how to get their music out there to the world and heard on Spotify.

The Game Plan is Spotify’s guide to getting the most out of Spotify as an artist on their streaming service. Including tips on how to optimise your artist profile, promoting your music, how to release your music and much more The Game Plan is the guidebook to being a successful artist on Spotify’s music streaming service.

The video series includes four categories: Getting set up, understanding your audience, promoting yourself, and understanding the industry. The series will feature interviews with a range of industry experts, Spotify staff and high profile artists including Rick Ross, Little Dragon, Vérité, and Mike Posner.

Spotify’s head of creator marketplace, Charlie Hellman said: “From successful musicians, to employees who are industry experts, the Spotify community has a wealth of music industry knowledge. We want to equip artists at all stages of their career with that powerful knowledge, and make it as accessible as possible.”

There’s currently 10 videos in The Game Plan series from Spotify but they say that they plan to create and release more. You can check out the whole list of videos here: artists.spotify.com/videos/the-game-plan

YouTube’s new music service is launching in under a week

YouTube are finally ready to launch their new music service which they hope will give music the value it deserves on their video platform.

YouTube will be launching YouTube Music next week, a new service that distinguishes their abundance of music content from their variety of billions of videos after criticism over their royalty payouts for music. The new subscription service will be the new home to the 2 million artists that share their music on YouTube and where over 1 billion music fans around the world come to listen.

Next Tuesday, 22nd May, YouTube Music will launch as a “new music streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube”. YouTube Music will bring official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radios in one unified place along with their giant catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that can only be found on YouTube.

With their new streaming service YouTube will launch a new, re-imagined mobile app as well as a re-designed desktop player that has been made for music. It will bear similarities to standard music streaming services like Spotify however will feature all of YouTube’s plentiful video content for music as well as user-uploaded and created content that wouldn’t be found on traditional streaming services.

YouTube Music will be available for free with adverts, the same as YouTube itself however will offer an ad-free version. YouTube Music Premium will cost $9.99 a month and offer uninterrupted listening, background listening on mobile, and downloads. YouTube’s parent Google offer a traditional music streaming service in Google Play Music but these services will be combined so that, where available, a subscription to one equals a subscription to both.

YouTube Music subscription service streaming premium launch mobile app player

YouTube offer a premium service for their regular, non-music video content called YouTube Red which offers the same benefits as well as exclusive video content and also was bundled in with Google Play Music. Moving forward they will be replacing Red with ‘YouTube Premium’ which will offer the same service but will distinguish non-music content from all videos on YouTube. YouTube Premium will include YouTube Music within it and will cost $11.99 for new members. Existing Red members will retain their same subscription price.

At launch YouTube Music will be available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. Over the coming weeks they will also be launching in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Get “awe-inspiring” stereo width with this free plugin

Getting width in your mix can bring a whole new level to your music and this brand new plugin does it incredibly and for free.

A new plugin from Infected Mushroom and Polyverse promises true stereo width effects and is being released completely free to download. The plugin is based on the stereo section from the two company’s massively popular Manipulator plugin.

The plugin, aptly named Wider, gives you the ability to expand the stereo image of any signal to an awe-inspiring amount of width. However, Wider is a unique stereo plugin in the sense that it is completely “mono-compatible”, meaning that any signal that has been extended will always remain in phase with itself, even if summed to mono.

Many stereo effects currently in use have the nasty habit of knocking signals out of phase, which can quickly make mixes sound muddy and unbalanced, or make sounds seem flat and lacking dynamics if one isn’t mindful of the effect. Thanks to Wider’s one-of-a-kind all pass and comb filtering algorithm, no phase in any mix or affected audio will be compromised, even at its broadest setting! Instead, Wider cancels itself out when summed to mono, so the original signal is left intact:
a feature you won’t find in any other stereo plugin.

Wider can be used to increase the stereo image of any signal up to 200% of full stereo for an extra wide, exaggerated effect. No matter how far out and experimental Infected Mushroom’s sounds get, they always keep their mixes clean, crisp, and translatable without sacrificing power. Now you can achieve the same depth and clarity, absolutely free.

You can check out Wider and download it completely for free here: polyversemusic.com/products/wider

This artist got onto one of Spotify’s biggest playlists with RouteNote

It used to be that getting a play on the radio was what made your song a hit, now being added to one of Spotify’s hundreds of massive playlists is propelling artists around the world.

At RouteNote every day we have the pleasure of listening to the hundreds of amazing tracks that get sent to us and putting them out for the world to listen to. It makes us even happier when we see the artists who use us find some serious success and that has been happening a lot recently with many of our artists finding their tracks on some of the biggest Spotify playlists going.

This week we were thrilled to see the banging new tune from DJ and producer GAB, ‘One Night’ on Spotify’s Top Dance Tunes playlist. The playlist is home to the greatest new alternative dance tracks coming from around the world and presents it to it’s 650,000+ subscribers with a fresh selection every week.

When your track gets added to a playlists you’re suddenly put in front of sometimes millions more people all checking out your track. This often leads to long-time fans and lovers of your music who might not have discovered you before and has even broke artists before after being added to a notorious playlist.


For your chance to be selected by Spotify to appear on one of their massive playlists, and to get your music out on to all the top digital stores and streaming services including Apple Music, TIDAL, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and many more head to www.routenote.com where you can create a free account and upload your music – totally FREE.

How to make your SoundCloud tracks reach as many people as possible

Just releasing your music isn’t always enough to be heard. There are things you can do online to make sure you’re reaching as many people as possible.

SoundCloud have some invaluable advice for making sure each track you upload is optimised as well as possible so that even more people get to find your music. Here are their recommendations for getting the most plays possible:

Keep your track, album, and playlist titles clean

We’re not talking about censorship here. We’re talking about all those time you were told as a kid to tidy your room. The same principle applies. A tidy track title helps fans know exactly what they’re listening to.

Avoid duplicating information that’s displayed elsewhere. There’s no need to add track numbers to your title when uploading an album.

Bad title: AllxxThexStars051418vfinal

Good tile: All The Stars

When uploading to an editorial or label account, title your tracks as “Artist Name – Track Title” to ensure the artist is identified and a track isn’t attributed just to the SoundCloud account.

If you’re a podcaster or a journalist who is sharing audio on SoundCloud include important information such as the names of guests and discussion topics in the title. This helps with searches and discoverability.

Make the most of images and descriptions

Your music shouldn’t just sound good, it should also look good. Upload artwork for your tracks and albums. The higher resolution – the better. You can zoom and reposition your artwork or images during the upload process to get the perfect fit.

The descriptions of your tracks and albums are the perfect place to share extra information: include a track’s backstory, add credits, lyrics, gear lists, or guest lists. To give a shout out to collaborators and feature artists, add links to their SoundCloud profiles.

The bottom line: be consistent with your information and your writing style whatever way you choose to present your tracks. It will look more professional.

SoundCloud genre and mood tags are important

SoundCloud uses an algorithm to recommend tracks to users so it’s important to tag your tracks with accurate genre information.

In addition to selecting a main genre, tag your tracks with a few relevant sub-genres and any moods that you think describe the track. It’s better to add a handful of relevant tags rather than go crazy and add as many as you can.

If you’re an audio creator, make sure that your first tag corresponds to one of the main audio categories in Charts. Next, work your way from general terms such as “podcast” to more specific ones such as “NPR” (if, for example, NPR is your thing). It also helps to include the names of guests or geographical places that are discussed.

Build your own SoundCloud discography

Playlists marked as an album, EP, single, or compilation will be displayed in the albums section of your profile. They will be listed in order of release date to make it easier for your fans to find what they’re looking for and save it to their own collection.

If you want to dig into your own archive and upload some old tracks they will be displayed in your discography without taking attention away from your most-recent tracks.

How to edit multiple tracks at once

We have good news if you think updating tracks one at a time seems like a drag (Narrator: It is). You can make changes – update settings, tags, and artwork – to multiple tracks at once and also create a new playlist from a selection of uploads. To update multiple tracks go to soundcloud.com/you/tracks. Select the tracks you want to change and then click Edit or Add to playlist to make your changes.